Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival



Ada Uspiz’s camera dramatically demonstrates how children grow up all too quickly in Palestine.

The title of Israeli documentary Children seems straightforward, but there’s a grim irony to it: the subjects are indeed children, but it’s debatable whether they enjoy anything resembling a childhood. Focusing on three Palestinian girls aged between six and 13, Israeli documentarist Ada Ushpiz (Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt) has made a distressing, intimate study of the ways in which daily experience of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict politicizes children from early on, leading them to acts of sometimes drastic protest.

Jonathan Romeny, Screen Daily

Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Director: Ada Ushpiz
Production Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Length (min): 130
Age limit: K12
Cinematographer: Danor Glaser, Bilal Saed
Screenplay: Ada Ushpiz
Editing: Neta Braun
Music: Avi Balleli
Producer: Ada Ushpiz
Production Company: AUfilms
A Title in Original Language: Yeladim